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afghanistan since 2001, and today the top u.s. commander there delivered his much-anticipated progress report on the war. general stanley mckristal said the situation in afghanistan is serious but success is achievable. we have a >>. >> in eastern afghanistan. >> reporter: it's what american soldiers call a security bubble. to these afghan shopkeepers and their children, it's a chance for a normal life. in a string of villages south of kabul, u.s. troops are providing security in return for help in hunting the taliban. it's a small-scale model of what general stanley mccrystal is calling for his n his assessment a greater concentration of u.s. forces working closely with afghan soldiers and police. according to captain paul shepherd, it began here with a massive increase of u.s. troops. >> we've seen a complete 180 and we've seen that because i think we've... one, we've flooded the area with soldiers. we've gone from 500 to 5,000. >> reporter: but outside the bubble, this province is still a very dangerous place. u.s. troops have been here since the beginning of th
>> all right, that's it for us. the cbs evening news with katie couric is next. harry smith is in tonight. join atina for the area's only local newscast at 7. don't forget, wusa9.com is always on. have a great night. >> smith: tonight, a cbs news exclusive, the afghan government is pressuring the united states to release a suspected terrorist arrested in the bombing last week that killed a u.s. soldier and injured an american reporter. i'm harry smith. also tonight, all-out war in southern california. the enemy is growing by leaps and bounds. a huge wildfire now threatening 12,000 homes. football helmets go high tech to warn student athletes and maybe save their lives. and what he did for brown. a u.p.s. driver makes his final delivery and sets a record. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: good evening, katie is off tonight. more than 800 american service people have been killed in afghanistan since 2001, and today the top u.s. commander there delivered his much-anticipated progress report on the war. general stanley mckris
, election die in afghanistan. u.s. marines encourage voters to get to the polls as will taliban tries to scare them away. credit card companies raising your interest rates before a new consumer protection law takes effect. and a modern-day mark twain adventure-- building better lives along the way. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> glor: and good evening. katie is off tonight. the anger and outrage over the bombing of pan am flight 103 flared again today when this picture flashed around the world a libyan agent convicted in the attack that killed 270 people getting welcomed home today as a hero. he is said to be dying of cancer and a scottish judge ordered him released to spend his final days at home. tonight, family members say a terrorist is getting the mercy their loved ones were denied. more now of now from randall pinkston. >> reporter: it was an unbelievable sight for the families of those lost in pan am flight 103 in december 1988. 57-year-old abdel basset al megrahi, the only man convicted of blowing up the plane, arriving to chee
of syracuse university students returning from studying abroad. >> they took us up to the louchbl and told us no one survived. >> reporter: 13 years after the bombing, two suspects megrahi and lamin khalifah fhimah were tried. fhimah was acquitted and megrahi was given a life sentence but released today after serving only eight years. >> we're now in contact with the libyan government and want to make sure that he is not welcomed back in some way but instead should be under house arrest. >> reporter: but instead of house arrest, megrahi was greeted by thousand, with libyan leader mohammar ghaddafi's son serving as his personal escort. >> the message given to these leaders of third world nations that believe in state-sponsored terrorism, if you outwait the united states and the united kingdom, they'll eventually give in. >> reporter: for victim's families, megrahi's freedom... >> he gette gets to go home to his family and none of the people he killed had that luxury. >> glor: now to afghanistan which held its presidential election today, despite the taliban's best efforts to disrupt it. the af
he was 86. katie couric tells us the story of the man who made "60 minutes" tick. >> stop, stop. >> go from here. this gets fascinating. >> reporter: don hewitt had no problem divulging the secret behind the success of "60 minutes." he even made it sound simple. >> it's four little words: tell me a story. and that's all we do, tell them a story. >> reporter: while "60 minutes" may be his best-known accomplishment, it was his more than 60 years in news that defined the medium. >> i guess i'm sort of the ultimate television creature. i feel it, i live it, i breathe it. >> reporter: don was working as a photo editor for a wire service when cbs hired him in 1948. >> i.&a minute. what would a radio network want with a guy with picture experience?" they said "no, no, television." i said what vision?" on camera, which we'll illustrate tomorrow... >> reporter: they were making it up as they went along. don didn't even own a television. >> when i first came here in 1948, we did the news three nights a week: monday, wednesday and friday. >> reporter: soon he was directing shows for edward
for clunkers program gave u.s. automakers a much-needed jump start. i'm katie couric. also tonight, a scare in the air. >> i hit my head on the light above and it broke the light out and was showered in glass. >> couric: dozens are injured when a continental airlines flight from rio hits severe turbulence. doctors and researchers say we need to change our diets. kids need more vitamin "d" and everyone more fish oil. and a wounded warrior fights his toughest battle: getting help from the v.a. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. americans are buying cars again with some help from the federal government. detroit's big three today reported their sales number for july. ford posted the biggest improvement over june with show room sales up 27%. chrysler's were up 16%. general motors up 8%. and cynthia bowers tells us it was the government's cash for clunkers rebate program that drew many of the buyers into the show room. >> reporter: at his suburban chicago ford dealership, sales manager mario sosnowski is seeing somethin
bowers tells us it was the government's cash for clunkers rebate program that drew many of the buyers into the show room. >> reporter: at his suburban chicago ford dealership, sales manager mario sosnowski is seeing something he hasn't seen in a long time. >> this entire lot used to be full of new car inventory. that's what we have left. >> reporter: an empty lot and a jam-packed show room floor. >> starting from 8:00, 9:00 in the morning we're here until midnight because of the program, because of the excitement. >> reporter: he just did the most july business he's done in five years.Í >> i sold 17 cars. >> reporter: he says many buyers like the fact that ford did not take a government bailout but it is the cash for clunkers program that's the real driving force. >> we think cash for clunkers was worth about a million in annualized sales. >> reporter: 2009 could see $11.5 million vehicles sold, which sounds good in this economy, but the auto industry used to sell 16 million vehicles a year. g.m. had its first sales increase in ten months, but its numbers were still down 19% from las
's expected to make a comeback this fall. and u.s. health officials had predicted 120 million doses of vaccine would be available by mid-october. but today they said no, we'll only have 45 million. cbs news medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton tells us what's behind the change and what it will mean. >> just two weeks into a national testing program to see if the h1n1 vaccine is actually safe comes word there will be far fewer shots available in the fall when a national vaccination program is scheduled to get started. >> we're in a race between the vaccine and the virus. and this gives the virus a little bit more of an advantage. >> in july it was projected the 120 million doses would be available by october with another 75 million in the following months. now siting production delays the government has been told by manufacturers only 45 million doses will be ready by october 15th with approximately 20 million doses being delivered each week thereafter. >> the fact that we have fewer doses i think actually will focus attention. it will mean that we all will have to be much more explicit ab
's complaint about a u.s. ban on mexican trucks crossing the mexican border due to safety concerns. but there's one new and urgent issue that appears to be getting fog but cooperation. responding to a second wave of the h1n1 flu virus that is expected to hit north america in a matter of weeks. >> there will be people who are going to be getting sick in the fall and die. >> the virus got its start here in mexico in april scaring tourists away as it became a pandemic spreading to the u.s. and 167 countries around the world. but it is the america's that are bearing the brunt of 1154 confirmed deaths, 1008 of those in north and south america, 436 in the united states. medical officials are closely watching south american countries like argentina where it's now winter to get an idea of how the virus might behave when it hits the u.s. as temperatures cool. >> i think we're doing& everything we can to prepare for this fall, including working to prepare a vaccine for distribution this fall. >> reporter: tomorrow the president goes to new hampshire for a town hall on health-care reform. it should be l
is with u.s. marines on a mission to make the voting safe. >> they just found an eid eid so everybody's pulling back so they don't get blown up. >> rodriguez: i'm maggie rodriguez, also tonight, the government cracks down on abusive debt collectors. >> you get off the phone with me, that's it. d.s.s. will come if your kids, the sheriff will be there. >> rodriguez: it wasn't supposed to be this way. in a state that has universal health insurance, many get their care in emergency rooms. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> rodriguez: katie is off tonight, election day in afghanistan is now less than 24 hours away, a critical test for the fledgling democracy as the taliban does everything it can to sabotage the vote. there was unprecedented security today as ballots were delivered to polling places in kandahar province. in kabul, insurgents fired rockets at the presidential palace. no one was injured there but eight people were killed and 55 wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked a nato convoy. ican service members weren, two killed by a ro
with the harsh techniques used to interrogate terror suspects during the bush administration. well, tonight there's an answer. the justice department is opening a preliminary criminal investigation. attorney general eric holder today named a federal prosecutor to head up the probe. this follows the release of a c.i.a. report that details some of the methods used and says interrogators went too far in an effort to get information. justice correspondent bob orr begins tonight's coverage. >> reporter: the report, written in 2004 by the c.i.a.'s inspector general and released today, says interrogators warned 9/11 mastermind khalid sheikh mohammed if anything else happen miss the united states, we're going to kill your children. a c.i.a. contractor beat another prisoner with a heavy flashlight. the report notes the detainee died in custody. and abd al-nashiri, the suspected bomber of the "cole" was threatened with a handgun and power drill. the debris from the report says "rey it had drill while the detainee stood naked and hooded." the report says field agents used mock executions and choke holds, bu
service members were killed by a roadside bomb. in the south, meanwhile, u.s. marines are going town to town in helmand province to flush out the taliban. chief foreign affairs correspondent lara logan is on the front lines here in garmsir. >> reporter: with the presidential election tomorrow, the marine mission in helmand province has taken on even greater significance. here, echo company is heading out to a known taliban village just a mile from their small combat outpost deep in southern helmand. this time, they've chosen an unusual way in. by coming through the canal, the marines are going to have the element of surprise. in the month and a half since echo company fought their way in here, they've never been to this village without getting into a fight and they've never been all the way in water that's often up to their necks. it's hard to do anything covert because we don't know who's with us and who's not. >> reporter: the marines realize they can be heading straight into an ambush. they're trying to secure the area so people can vote but the nearest polling station is 12 miles
as the marines push out the taliban. u.s. forces take over a key enemy stronghold in afghanistan, but the fight to secure the town is not over. change in the air why you'll soon have to provide more personal information to buy an airline ticket. and remembering the man behind the electric guitar. rock 'n' roll pioneer les paul. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. once again, we begin tonight with a battle over health care reform, but this time, we're not starting at a town meeting. tonight, we're going to show you why many believe reform is desperately needed. these are just some of the tens of thousands of americans when need health care but have no insurance or not enough of it, and they're lining up at a free makeshift clinic in los angeles, a short-term solution to a long-term problem. bill whitaker begins our coverage. >> reporter: people from all around los angeles have been lining up like this around the clock since monday. waiting, hoping to get medical care. >> follow the line. >> reporter: free medical care,
a year, 65% of them in the u.s. >> the need is all over the united states, just like this, wherever you go. there are about 49 million people that don't have access to the care they need. they simply can afford it. >> reporter: physician natalie 97ens has worked in villages in india and africa. >> here at home, we have as much a need as i do when i travel to the most remote areas of india, and that's very heartbreaking. most of these people work. they have jobs, but they work for small companies that can't afford to give them insurance. >> reporter: for doctors and painters here, the shouting over health care reform is incomprehensible. >> walk in my ses. try it a couple of weeks. you won't last. >> reporter: sutana green works for the city of long beach. she could be speak for every patient here. >> i have five children, and i'm a single mother. so for me, this was a blessing. >> reporter: now, katie, this has been going on all day. the doctors here are overwhelmed. they don't have enough volunteers to meet the need. now, they expect to serve more than 1,000 people a day through tuesda
. >> i ruinne .ea preseason. us. hat's it for the cbs evening news with katie is up next. don't forget, wusa9.com is always on. good night. >> reporter: tonight, the president rehires america's top banker as new projections show the country falling deeper and deeper into debt. i'm katie couric. also tonight, mobilizing to fight the h1n1 flu. u.s. officials prepare for what they're now calling the biggest vaccination program in u.s. history. and the british public service video that aims to stop people from texting while driving. and it may just work. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. the president's vacation in the sun was interrupted today by a cloud of bad economic news and a forecast of more to come. from both the white house and the non-partisan congressional budget office. here's some of it: they project the deficit for this year alone will hit a record high as the government spends $1.6 trillion more than it takes in. unemployment, now 9.4%, is expected to continue rising to 10% before starting to decl
tents, a rudimentary outdoor toilet, and a shower of the kind used for camping. jaycee's accused captors, 58-year-old convicted sex offender phillip garrido and his wife nancy have been charged with kidnapping, taking jaycee from a bus stop in 1991. garrido is also charged with rape. police believe he fathered jaycee's two daughters, the first born when jaycee was just 14. garrido spoke of the girls, now aged 11 and 15, in a phone call from jail. >> reporter: the county sheriff admitted today a worried neighbor warned his department about garrido three years ago. >> the caller also said that garrido was psychotic and had a sexual addiction. >> reporter: the neighbor also reported people were living outside but the deputy who investigated never looked in the backyard. >> we are beating ourselves up over this and will continue to do so. >> reporter: the secret prison was also missed by a parole officer supervising the convicted sex offender with home visits as often as three times a month. on monday, garrido showed upton berkeley campus of the university of california handing out religious
care reform at town meetings coast to coast. >> if we don't stand up now, god help us. >> couric: what's truth and what's distortion. i'm katie couric. also tonight, taking on the taliban. >> we're on the offense now. >> couric: u.s. marines storm a taliban stronghold in an effort to drive them out before the election. and the president calls them all agents of change as the awards of the highest civilian honor, the medal of freedom. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: and good evening, everyone. the scene was repeated in one community after another all across america today-- citizens concerned about health care reform confronted their senators and representativesn i 27 townn meetings in 12 states. one by one, they expressed fear and anger over legislation now making its way through congress, and they demanded answers. some in the audience came well prepared with details of what's in the bill. but there is plenty of misinformation out there as wels y uwetrl to clear some of that up.tr we have three reports tonight from correspondent
on the u.s. supreme court. i'm katie couric. all the tonight, the economy continues to lose jobs. and now hundreds of thousands of americans are in danger of losing their unemployment benefits. with the first day of school around the corner, what the government says principals and parents should do to deal with an outbreak of h1n1. and a mystery on the california coast. why are sea lions beaching themselves in record numbers? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. president obama says it's a wonderful day for america. his reaction to the senate confirming the first hispanic ever nominated to the u.s. supreme court. sonia sotomayor. the vote was 68-31. all the democrats and two independents voted yes. nine republicans also voted to confirm sotosaying even if they didn't agree with all her views she was qualified. she'll be sworn in saturday as the 1 11thth justice, and only the third woman to serve on the nation's highest court. >> the nomination of sonia sotomayor of new york is confirmed. >> reporter: it was a hist
ever nominated to the u.s. supreme court. sonia sotomayor. the vote was 68-31. all the democrats and two independents voted yes. nine republicans also voted to confirm sotosaying even if they didn't agree with all her views she was qualified. she'll be sworn in saturday as the 1 11thth justice, and only the third woman to serve on the nation's highest court. >> the nomination of sonia sotomayor of new york is confirmed. >> reporter: it was a history-making moment, the confirmation of the first hispanic justice to the supreme court. sonia sotomayor, the girl from the projects, who became an aaccomplished prosecutor, lawyer and jurist becomes justice sotomayor the moment she is formally sworn in this saturday. >> it's a wonderful day for america. >> reporter: the president called it another broken barrier a step toward a more perfect union. >> i'm filled with pride in this achievement, and great confidence that judge sotomayor will make an outstanding supreme court justice. >> reporter: the vote was 68-31, with nine republicans joining all democrats saying yes, but with all 31 no v
sunday and monday. >> that's it for us. the cbs evening news is next. derek will see you at 7:00. wusa9.com is always on. have a great weekend. >> tonight a new sign the recession may be ending. job losses slow sharply, but will the unemployed ever find a new job for the same pay? i'm jefg. also, tonight, they are getting louder. >> i'm his father, and i want to talk to you face to face. >> reporter: town meeting protests against health care reform. now, supporters of reform prepare to fight back. as americans begin testing the h1n1 vaccine, the government tells parents how long to keep an infected child out of school. and a most unusual club gives steve hartman a tale with a storybook ending in tonight's "assignment america." captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> good evening. katie is on assignment. for the first time in feen months we can say this-- the unemployment rate is down. the labor department reported today it fell a tenth of a point in july to 9.4%. job losses slowed to just under a quarter million, the lowest in a year. t
and the u.s. in the next few days. but a hurricane does not have the to score a direct hit to cause trouble. in this case, flooding, rough waves and rip currents along the east coast could be on the way. here's kelly wallace. >> reporter: for millions of east coast beach goers like these at rockaway beach on the edge of new york city, this is as close as they're going to get to the water this weekend. >> you know about no swimming today, right? >> reporter: swimming banned at beaches along much of the east coast due to hurricane bill's might. >> we're biting our bottom lips and hoping it goes away. >> reporter: waves as high as 14 feet are expected along the carolina coast, as high as 23& feet off massachusetts and all over the eastern sea board warnings of rip currents, the biggest danger to swimmers, killing nearly 100 people every year and forcing 20,000 rescues. >> one reasons that these rip currents and the wave action is going to be so extreme along the east coast is because of how strong the hurricane has been the last couple of days. >> reporter: a hurricane over water generates pow
may be behind us. >> reporter: after averaging more than 600,000 jobs lost in the first three months of the year, for the past three months, the average loss has been cut by half, but the drop in the unemployment rate isn't all good news. >> the unemployment rate went down because a lot of people, more than 400,000 people, actually left the labor force for whatever reason, they've just decided to give up looking for a job. >> reporter: and more than a third of those unemployed, five million people, have been out of work for more than six months. that's a record. >> all of our jobs are posted on the web site. >> reporter: a thousand people turned out for a job fair in new york this week sponsored by monster.com. is the job market getting better at all? >> i think a little. >> her head hunting firm had 10 job openings. >> today that's pretty good. if you asked me last year if 10 was good, you'd say no. but today if you're saying 10 is good? 10 is great. >> reporter: and in its latest survey of job postings on the internet, monster.com is beginning to see a turn in some industries. reta
message from president obama. the white house says not true, that clinton had no such message. indeed, u.s. officials insist this is a personal trip not official. one reason his plane had no markings. the mission successfully secured the freedom of both american journalists who allegedly crossed into north korea and, after a hasty trial, were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. they were working for media company current t.v. co-owned by clinton's vice president al gore who reportedly asked clinton to go. ling's sister lisa ling, also a journalist, organized rallies for the women's release. >> that's why we are all out here tonight to ask for amnesty but also to ask for forgiveness. >> reporter: the women were arrested on march 17 and since then tensions have soared. north korea tested a long-range ballistic missile on april 5. it then tested a small nuclear device the next month. on june 12, the u.n. responded with unanimous economic sanctions. for all that, north korea could enhance its international stature because it let the women go. >> they're playing all sides of this very well. th
billions of new programs, a new trillion-dollar health care program. how does this help us become more competitive in a global economy? >> reporter: with the president's approval rating at its lowest level yet, the last thing he needs now is news of skyrocketing deficits on one side of the screen while he plays a relaxing game of golf on the other. so the white house decided to replace that image with this one. >> bernanke has gotten good reviews in his handling of this economic crisis and the president is saying here, i'm going to go with stability." >> reporter: bernanke was not the president's first choice, after all, he's a republican first appointed by president obama. larry summers, the president's top economic advisor, was considered the leading candidate but in these perilous economic times, the president was boxed in, thinking a new untested fed chief could rattle the market and the white house could hardly afford another distraction if a new candidate turned out to be controversy. bernanke does have his critics, some say he was asleep at the switch while greedy bankers plunde
health care reform? it's unclear. the bill does state only individuals lawfully present in the u.s. can qualify, but republicans say there's no verification mechanism to insure that illegal immigrants don't apply, and if one family member is eligible for health care, then every family member might be. on cost: >> how are you going to look at my children in their eyes and tell them they're going to have a better future? >> i am not going to vote for any bill that adds to the national debt. >> you already have! >> reporter: would health care reform pay for interests? as of now, that's doubtful. the president says costs will be covered through savings and efficiencies, but the congressional budget office can't quantify those factors and it's estimated health care reform would increase the deficit by $239 billion over 10 years. on congress: >> are you willing to drop your preferential congressional health care and be stuck with this one? >> reporter: with-- would members of congress participate in the plan? no, just 75 republicans and no democrats have signed a pledge to participate in any
so far this year, the u.s. government has shut down colonial bank group, place based this alabama it was once a fast growing lender in real estate. but the bank will reopen tomorrow and will be taken over by bb and t bank. one more note about the economy, the recession andler energy costs are keeping a lid on prices. the government reported today that consumer prices did not budge in july, and over the past 12 months they're down 2.1%, that's the biggest annual drop in nearly six decades. turning to the continuing battle over health care reform now, president obama headed west today to big sky country to once again moderate his own town meeting. one of his goals, to win over some blue dog or conservative democrats, skeptical of his plans. chip reid is traveling with the president tonight in belgrade, montana. >> reporter: the president's critics predicted that at today's town hall in conservative montana he would finally see face to face the rage over health care reform. >> hello, montana! >> reporter: it was clear from the start though this crowd was on his side. >> if we can get
to the public, which means the president might finally see that information roche us anger over health care reform face to face. >> couric: to be continued. thanks, chip. now at that town meeting president obama accused critics of making false claims about health care reform. for one thing, he said it would not, quote, pull the plug on grandma because we decided it's too expensive to let her live any more. so where did that idea come from? here's cheryl atkinson. >> reporter: at town hall meetings around the country, accusations are flying about so-called end of life care for seniors on medicare. it's spelled out in section 1233 of the house bill. >> what it says is as a 74-year-old man, if you develop cancer, we're pretty much going to write you off. >> nobody 74 is going to be written off because they have cancer. that's a vicious malicious untrue rumor. >> reporter: it's a rumor that spread like fire after a july 16 radio interview with former lieutenant governor of new york, betsy mccoy, a democrat. >> the congress would make it mandatory, absolutely required that every five years peopl
>> couric: tonight, for nearly half a century, he served them in the u.s. senate. now they've come to say thank you and good-bye to senator edward kennedy. i'm katie couric. also tonight, stories you haven't heard about the senator. told by people whose lives he touched. >> he looked like a great man from the start. >> couric: the new generation of kennedys. for them, public service does not mean public office. and an 11-year-old girl is kidnapped in california, never to be seen again, until now. 18 years later, a young woman says she is that girl. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. from the john f. kennedy library the 35th president personally chose the site here along the charles river just a month before he died. and tonight, his youngest brother, senator edward kennedy, here in repose. two days of public viewing began this evening, mourners lining up to file past his casket, pay their respects, and sign a book of condolence. tomorrow evening, there will be a private service here with the senator's fam
>> couric: two american journalists jailed nearly five months in north korea back on u.s. soil. >> we could feel your love all the way in north korea. >> couric: tonight, bill clinton and the behind-the-scenes diplomacy that led to their freedom. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the police say no one could have stopped him. the chilling words of a man with a history of being rejected by woman before he murdered three and killed himself at a suburban pittsburgh gym. and it's an expensive procedure tens of thousands of americans have every year for back pain. now new research says it doesn't work. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it was the reunion they could only dream about during the 140 days they spent behind bars in communist north korea. today, free and back home, laura ling and euna lee cried tears of joy and they hugged their families in burbank, california. their release came after a face-to-face meeting between former president bill clinton and north korean leader kim jong il. the white house
kennedy to depend on to help us. >> reporter: which is why they've been coming to the j.f.k. museum all day to sign the condolence book. mary summers was first in line this morning, two hours before the doors opened. >> i feel like for the first time i'm taking time out for teddy after he's taken so many types out for us. >> reporter: the funeral will be held at a boston basilica, our lady of per pec wall help. when senator kennedy's daughter kaer kara had her own battle with cancer at 2002, the senator prayed at this basilica everyday it became a special place for him, full of hope and optimism. katie? >> couric: ted kennedy authored a staggering 2,500 pieces of legislation, working over this years with more than 400 senators. today two of his best friends from the senate-- one democrat and one republican-- remembered his political passion and personal warmth. >> he'd get up there and flail his arms and his face would get red and he'd make those liberal comments and excoriate our side and when it was over he'd throw his arms around me and say "was that all right?" things like that. and
hillary clinton insisted u.s. policy on north korea and its nuclear program will not change. bill whitaker begins our coverage tonight. >> reporter: as the plane carrying journalists laura ling and euna lee and former president bill clinton approached the airport in burbank, anticipation was obvious on the faces in the gestures of the women's family members. as the plane taxied into the hangar in the golden light of dawn, the excitement was best summed up by lee's four-year-old daughter hannah, holding her father's hand, skiping to the stairway for the moment they had waited almost five months to see. >> ladies and gentlemen, please help me in welcoming home laura ling and euna lee. >> reporter: hannah hugged her mother and wouldn't let go. the two journalists, isolated for 140 days suddenly thrust before a throng of cameras. >> 30 hours ago, euna lee and i were prisoners in north korea. we feared that at any moment we could be sent to a hard labor camp. >> reporter: which made them all the more anxious when they were suddenly called into a meeting by their captors, not knowing what to exp
us because he makes us feel like we are all the same, regardless of our socioeconomic status. >> he was a giant, more than a& man died. much more than a man died, and we'll never see the likes of him if we're alive today, i don't know how long it will take for this country to develop somebody like him. >> couric: and the tributes are not just here at the kennedy library. the senator's constituents lined the motorcade route to salute him and say thank you. national correspondent jim axelrod was among them. ( applause ) >> reporter: as the procession drove past st. stephen church in boston's north end, betty fuller just couldn't hold it together any more. >> it's a different world today. >> reporter: a campaign volunteer in five elections, she came clutching her favorite picture. >> he just seemed like such a warm, approachable, gracious person, not perfect, but good. >> reporter: that was the story from hyannis to the kennedy library, men like john barnett, an irish immigrant, who stood on an overpass in milton, massachusetts. >> all we can do is come here and stand here for a few mo
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